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Riccardo Tisci opens NYFW show to public

Riccardo Tisci opens NYFW show to public

Riccardo Tisci has always dreamed of showing Givenchy to the public.

The 41-year-old was appointed as creative director of the brand in 2005 and has made the fashion house one of the most successful in the industry over the past decade.

To give back to those who support him, Riccardo has decided to open his spring 2016 collection New York show to 1,200 members of the public - a move he has thought about for some time.

“Opening to the public was my dream for many, many years.

"God gave me this beautiful karma and I was blessed in this fashion world to arrive at Givenchy," he told WWD, recalling how he too longed to see high-end fashion shows in his youth. “So that puts me back in the past. You know, fashion is amazing and very exclusive. But [I’ve long thought] one day I would love to do a show where anybody - which is the reality - could be a part of it.”

On top of the 1,200 tickets to the public, 280 tickets are set to go to students and faculty of local fashion schools, while 100 will be available to local residents in the area. Over half of the slots will be allocated on a first-come/first-served basis via registration on from today.

New York holds a special place in Riccardo's heart, so this venture means even more to him.

“My father died when I was a baby, but my mom always said to me that my father would always say to her, ‘One day I will take you to the Big Apple.’ It never happened,” he added. “So in my blood, in my dream, in my thoughts, has always been this: ‘I’m the only boy of the family. One day I will bring my mom to America.’ And I did, I did a few years ago when I won the CFDA [International Award].”

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